WAYNE — The Chapmanville Regional High School football team has carved its way through the West Virginia high school playoffs on the road before.
They will likely have to do it again this year.
Unranked Wayne defeated No. 9 Chapmanville 54-35 on Friday night at Wayne’s Pioneer Field to close out the Tigers’ regular season at 7-3 overall the 4-3 in the Cardinal Conference.
With the loss, the Tigers will likely have to travel to a first-round Class AA playoff game on either Nov. 13 or 14 following next week’s bye week.
That’s nothing new to Chapmanville which is 4-5 overall in the playoffs under head coach George Barker, with all but one of those games being played on the road.
The improving Pioneers upped their mark to 5-4, 4-3 and have a shot at sneaking into the top 16 playoff field with a win next weet at Bluefield.
That’s quite a feat for Wayne, which has uncharacteristically strugged at times this fall, beginning with a season-opening 49-34 loss to county rival Tolsia.
Wayne continued its dominance over Chapmanville, improving to 12-0 against the Tigers in the last 12 years. The Tigers haven’t beaten Wayne since back-to-back wins in 1991 and 1992.
Chapmanville dropped its third straight game and its defense continues to have its issues. The Tigers have given up 69 points to Mingo Central, 76 points to Tolsia and now 54 to the Pioneers over the last three weeks.
CRHS will be limping into the playoffs to say the least.
Wayne opened the scoring at the 8:44 mark with Logan Queen’s 13-yard TD run and Jeremiah Milum’s PAT run to make it 8-0.
Then at the 2:56 mark, Dylan Smith scored on a 10-yard run. After Tanner Dillon’s extra point kick it was 8-7.
With 10:04 left until halftime, Queen scored from 1 yard out and Logan McSweeney added the conversion run as Wayne led 16-7.
With 6:53 to go, CRHS quarterback Alex Berry found Dylan Smith on a 22-yard touchdown pass to cut the margin to 16-14 after Dillon’s PAT.
The Pioneers then made it 24-14 with 4:52 left as Bradley Sharp scored on a 4-yard TD run and Milum passed to Kyler Adkins on the conversion play.
Dillon’s 1-yard TD run and PAT kick then made it 24-21 with 3:52 left until halftime.
Then, only 30 seconds later, Wayne’s Mike Bartram raced to the house from 32 yards out to put the Pioneers on top 30-21 at the half. The two-point conversion failed.
Chapmanville struck at the 7:20 mark of the third quarter with Berry’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Noah Dingess. Dillon’s kick was good and it was 30-28 Wayne.
Queen answered with a 1-yard TD run and then tacked on the two-point conversion as the Pioneers led 38-28 after three.
Then with 10:09 left in the game, Bartram’s 63-yard touchdown run put the game away. After Queen’s two-point conversion run Wayne led 46-28.
The Pioneers weren’t done.
With 3:43 left in the game, Milum connected with Adkins on a 38-yard touchdown pass. Queen added the conversion run and Wayne led 54-28.
Chapmanville scored one more time with 1:51 left on Berry’s 11-yard strike to Smith. Dillon’s PAT was good.
Berry was 21-of-30 passing for 252 yards with three TDs and one pick. Smith had six catches for 112 yards and three scores. Billy Sheppard had seven catches for 92 yards.
Dillon rushed 29 times for 155 yards and a score. He also had a catch and was 5-for-5 in extra point kicks.
Austin Butcher and Ryan Craddock led the CRHS defense with nine total tackles each.
The Tigers were penalized eight times for 60 yards. The Pioneers had four yellow hankies for 33 yards.
TEAM CONF. ALL PF PA
Tolsia 6-0 8-1 378 197
Mingo Central 6-1 8-1 480 154
Chapmanville 4-3 7-3 389 330
Herbert Hoover 4-3 6-3 316 220
Wayne 4-3 5-4 289 264
Sissonville 2-5 4-5 240 201
Scott 1-6 2-7 190 368
Poca 0-6 0-9 150 531
Friday, October 30 games:
Wayne 54, Chapmanville 35
Mingo Central 41, Herbert Hoover 6
Boyd County (Ky.) 34, Tolsia 32
Sissonville 69, Poca 12
Scott — BYE WEEK
Sissonville — BYE WEEK
Friday, November 6 games:
Scott at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Mingo Central at Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Bluefield, 7:30 p.m.
Poca at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Sissonville at Braxton County, 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville — BYE WEEK
END OF REGULAR SEASON